First you need to know which of several satellites service your location. Maps are provided at the links below. There are two services provided from AFRTS, the first one called AFN has a greater number of available channels but doesn’t provide world-wide service. The second service is called Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) and has world-wide coverage but has fewer program channels. AFN in Europe is available from two sources but are on the same satellite. The Eurobird 9 service has programming that has been localized for the European viewers but can be received also in North Africa, Middle East and some eastern bloc countries. For AFN and DTS services please review the maps in Step One below.
The second step of the process is to look up the technical information for the satellite which will be used in the fourth process step. You should note the satellite’s geo-synchronous position and the satellite beam you will be using because you’ll need this information when you go to the web site for the satellite.
The third step involves finding your “look angle”, the direction in which the dish needs to be pointed to receive the signal. This can be done at the website provided in the link below at step three or by calling a technician who can assist you. Technicians are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Their contact information is available under the Digital Satellite Downlink Reception link on step four.
The fourth step is putting the system all together, assembling and pointing the dish, and connecting the decoder.
The fifth step is programming the decoder. Click the link for your decoder model for specific decoder setup instructions, the decoder manual, and the decoder Setting and Presets for the different AFN and DTS Services.
Now that you’re connected and authorized here’s a listing of the channels available for each of the three services: AFN, AFN Europe, and for DTS.
If your decoder ever breaks or needs repair here are the points of contact and repair procedures.
And finally everything you ever wanted to know about the entire process, including all information in the links above is available in the AFRTS Satellite Handbook.
Posted By Tinibee on 10-18-2012 9:34 PM
My husband just informed me that self help only lended us the receiver and we had to buy the satellite and the bracket from the NEX at the auto rental shop. Sorry - my bad! So it was when we bought the satellite from the NEX that we got the installer list. He picked up our receiver in August. We made a mad dash to get it done so we could watch the olympics.
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